Opportunity Village to get influx of volunteers from Henderson

Henderson Chamber members band together to set up Magical Forest

HENDERSON, Nev. – Santa’s getting some extra helpers this year as Henderson Chamber of Commerce members band together to dedicate their time at Opportunity Village to help put up this year’s Magical Forest, a popular winter attraction that also serves as a vital fundraising event from November through January.

Opportunity Village expects 25-40 Henderson Chamber member volunteers to show up Friday, Oct. 19, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., at its 6300 West Oakey Boulevard, Las Vegas, location.

Chamber volunteers, made up of members of the HCC boards, Ambassadors and Events Committee, will help set up the Magical Forest, which will include decorated trees with more than 3 million lights. The Magical Forest will also feature a colorful antique carousel, the Forest Express passenger train and mini-golf, among other attractions. The fundraiser attracted more than 175,000 visitors last year alone.

The Magical Forest volunteer effort is only the first of what the chamber envisions as a long-term effort to help the community. The chamber plans to host two to three such community events annually, starting next year. The events will focus on member non-profits that serve the Henderson community.

“Opportunity Village has done so much for the valley, and it was an obvious first choice,” Scott Muelrath, CEO and president of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, said. “But this is just the beginning. Our members are dedicated to the community they serve and are often looking for ways to volunteer. It seemed only appropriate for us to organize that dedication and energy into a cohesive force that can make a difference in the valley.”

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people in the community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Opportunity Village is dedicated to helping its clients become the very best they can be. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, people with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, voluntary organization committed to promoting and supporting member businesses.

For more information regarding participation and support of the chamber’s Community Day, call the Henderson Chamber of Commerce at 702-565-8951 and ask for Rebecca Fay.

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